Creator calls Springfield, Ore. official Simpsons' hometown

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The long time speculation about the true Simpsons' hometown is finally over.

On Tuesday, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening confirmed in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine that Springfield, Oregon is the true home of the Simpsons'.

For decades, Eugene and Springfield residents alike have always recognized clues that Springfield, Oregon could be the basis for the hometown of the Simpson characters.

The very first clues started at Max's Tavern in Eugene.

At Max's Tavern, the owner said creator Matt Groening spent long hours doodling at the bar.

"During the years he was going to school and getting started as a cartoonist," said Ward Fairbairn, proprietor of Max's Tavern.

When "The Simpsons" hit the air in 1989, residents in both Eugene and Springfield began to see similarities.

"This is one of the primary places he patterned what became Moe's," Fairbairn said.

One of those similarities included the jar of pickled eggs.

"In 'The Simpsons' at Moe's there's always a jar of pickled eggs behind the bar, which is odd because that's just one of the goofy things we do," Fairbairn said.

Other similarities include the horse and rider statue on the outskirts of Springfield. This statue bares a resemblance to a statue on "The Simpsons."

The pioneer statue on the University of Oregon's campus looks a lot like Jebidiah Springfield's.

Principal Skinner in "The Simpsons" is perhaps named after Eugene's famous Skinner Butte.

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg said she is hoping the news brings more visitors to the city.

"They can't come expecting to find a nuclear power plant, that they're going to get attacked by aliens, or that they're going to find a different mayor because I don't look like Mayor Quimby," Mayor Lundberg said. "I'm not corrupt so they'll have to look somewhere else for that."

"It's kind of wonderful folklore," Fairbairn said. "It's fun to be associated with 'The Simpsons.'"

Several years ago all 16 cities named Springfield received a Simpsons' couch.

After Tuesday's announcement, the Springfield Museum anticipates a heavy flow of visitors coming to get their picture taken on the famous couch.

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